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Geneva intern

International Development Law Organization

Overview & Responsibilities

IDLO internship programs are designed to provide a mutually beneficial relationship between IDLO and university students, young graduates, post-graduate students, or persons similarly situated (collectively referred to as Interns). IDLO offers interns an exceptional learning experience in an international organization and increases their awareness and knowledge of legal issues in the development arena. Internships also benefit IDLO by allowing participants to contribute their skills and competencies to the realization of IDLO’s strategic goals and mission. Interns are fully involved in the work program of the Unit or Department that has selected them to carry out assignments relevant to their studies and experiences under the supervision of IDLO personnel.


IDLO seeks an intern to support the work of the Geneva Office. The Geneva Office oversees IDLO’s engagement with decision-makers and other stakeholders to champion rule of law and access to justice in the multilateral environment of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.

Under the overall supervision of IDLO Permanent Observer in Geneva and functionally reporting to the Advocacy Specialist, the intern will be asked to provide support to the Office of the Permanent Observer in Geneva, focusing on:

  • Conduct research, monitor and report, upon request, on developments concerning key UN Partners;
  • Provide background research and support the preparation of IDLO’s statements to the United Nations in Geneva;
  • Accompany the IDLO Manager (virtually upon request) to United Nations conferences, consultations, meetings and events, as well as events organized by United Nations member states and IDLO member parties in Geneva, and provide reporting;
  • Assist in the preparation of official meetings of the Permanent Observer, Advocacy Specialist, and visiting IDLO officials with United Nations and diplomatic officials, attend internal and external conference calls, and provide written reports upon request;
  • Provide administrative, logistical and other support for the organization and delivery of IDLO-organized public events as well as for the Office of the Permanent Observer in Geneva.

Job Requirements

Education and experience

  • Have completed or be enrolled in a post-graduate (required) course of study at a university or equivalent higher education institution.
  • Academic background/Knowledge in Human Rights and International Law is advantageous.


  • Fluent oral and professional writing skills in English a must. Knowledge of French is an asset.

Technical Competences & Behavioral competencies

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Strong ability to draft and revise documents;
  • Solid organizational and diplomatic skills.
  • Good team player, positive attitude, flexible, comfortable working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work constructively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate

Terms & Conditions

IDLO Geneva Office provides all full-time interns with a monthly stipend of € 1000.- (One thousand Euros). Internships are offered for 3 months and are renewable up to a maximum of 6 months. Full-time placements (5 days a week) are strongly preferred. Applicants available for less than 5 days a week will not be considered.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.

IDLO is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature; or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

Annual Compensation

EUR €1,000.00/Mo.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee/consultant/intern assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the consultancy opportunity to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection.

How to apply

Please make sure your application is completed online on the following link to be considered for the role:

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